Title: Sorrow’s Edge
Series: Book 2 in the Maker’s Chronicles
Author: Danielle DeVor
Publisher: City Owl Press
Published Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Rating: 3 Stars
I would like to thank Netgalley, the author, and City Owl Press for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Uncovering The Truth…Will Take An Exorcist
Jimmy Holiday, defrocked priest turned exorcist, is trying to get his life in order. With his on-again off-again witchy girlfriend moving in, the spirit of the little girl from his last exorcism hanging around, and a secret organization of exorcists hounding him, Jimmy equals stressed.
When a stranger calls in the middle of the night asking for help with a possession, Jimmy is about to land in a mess of trouble. Especially since the man on the phone claims to have gotten his number from Jimmy’s old mentor. Too bad his mentor has been dead for years.
After a mysterious silver flask arrives at his doorstep, Jimmy is left with two options: either ignore the newest enigma the universe has tossed him, or listen to Lucy and travel to Arizona to solve the mystery before all hell breaks loose…again.
I came across this author and the first story, Sorrow’s Point (you can read my review here) on Netgalley and was very intrigued! I really liked the first book and was thrilled to be accepted to receive the second book from Netgalley as well.
That is, unfortunately where the thrills ended. I was a bit disappointed with the second instalment of The Maker’s Chronicles. It was a far cry from what I had expected. Wither that is because I put her second book on too high of a pedestal or not remains to be seen. I may or may not pick up book three, as I will explain further in the review.
I will start with the characters. I still am very fond of Jimmy, however he has dwindled just a bit in my estimation, mostly because of Tabby. Oh Tabby – where to start. I just can’t stand how she treats Jimmy. She is ALWAYS condescending and apparently has a rueful temper; although I will say I didn’t see much of the temper, she was pretty much just a world class bitch. Jimmy is constantly demeaning himself, and I am positive it is because Tabby makes him feel stupid; which just irked me so much! The Jimmy of book 2 is hardly the same strong and independent character I remember. However, that wasn’t too much of a surprise. I didn’t like Tabby in the first book and I especially didn’t like their relationship.
The plot was intriguing and yet had absolutely no depth. There was NO spookiness to this, which is unfortunate as that was what hooked me in the first book. It was more of a mystery than anything this time around. After running around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to help save this ‘poor’ kids soul, the conclusion of the case was terribly simple and ended really quickly…almost as an afterthought. It was weird and frankly annoying. I was frustrated to have sat through the whole book to only come to that conclusion.
However, and this is what has me ready to read the next book, the whole book was a filler to the actual ending of the book! Holly cow, can Ms. DeVor throw a sucker punch of a surprise! That ending seriously upped my regards of this second book quite a few notches. I am sure I will be picking up the third installment of this series just to find out what, how, and why for that ending. I guess I could have just lived without Tabby.